WWII History February 2018

Cultural Clash in New Caledonia

By Gene E. Salecker

In June1940, when France capitulated to Nazi Germany, the victorious Germans agreed to let the French retain control over the southern portion of their country and all their colonial possessions. Read more

First Over Germany, a dramatic painting by artist Ray Waddey, depicts Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers of the U.S. Eighth Air Force executing the first American daylight raid over Nazi Germany. The event took place on January 27, 1943, and Lieutenant Frank Yaussi served as lead bombardier for the 306th Bomb Group.

WWII History February 2018

First Over Germany

By Lance Thompson

Among many sticky issues British Prime Minister Churchill would discuss with President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the Casablanca conference in January 1943 was the fact that the U.S. Read more

WWII History February 2018

The Winter War’s Classic Victory

By David H. Lippman

The word itself was bland. “Motti” is Finnish for a “bundle of sticks,” but the theory was how the tiny armies of Finland would deal with the long columns of Soviet troops that had been storming down the roads and logging the trails of that nation’s sub-Arctic wilderness since the Russo-Finland War broke out on November 29, 1939. Read more

WWII History February 2018

Britain’s Broomstick Army

By Michael Hull

As powerful, fast-moving German panzer and infantry columnsrampaged across Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, and into northern France early in May 1940, the British held their breath and watched apprehensively from across the narrow English Channel. Read more

WWII History February 2018

Failure of Hitler’s Terror Weapons

By Adam Lynch

During any war, combating countries predictably issue reports andcreate publicity more favorable to their own side. Often the difference is subtle, but sometimes it is profound. Read more